‘Earth-sized telescope’ captures black hole, predicted by Einstein more than 100 years ago

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More than a hundred years ago, Albert Einstein imagined what a black hole would be and what it would look like – a crescent-shaped sliver of light.

On Wednesday, pictures were unveiled showing the nucleus of a black hole and “remarkably”, just as Einstein and his theory of relativity predicted, a crescent shape matching theoretical predictions from him and the last 40 years.

Top scientists explained how they photographed the hole using radio telescopes. They were speaking at a media conference in Brussels broadcast live to the University of Pretoria.

The university had a researcher, astrophysicist and associate professor, 36-year-old Roger Deane, and a master’s student involved in building a simulation of what the telescope would find. This can be matched to what it did find and help researchers understand the data the telescopes found.

Deane is in Brussels to celebrate the launch of the world’s first photograph of a black hole.

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